Following Timchal's LaxCon speech, Navy women's lacrosse officially begins practice at 1:00 p.m.
Navy and North Carolina play for a spot in the Final Four on Saturday.
Navy advances to play North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
In 2017, the women's lacrosse team finished the year 18-5 overall with an 8-1 record in the Patriot League. The team made history as it became the first Service Academy team from a women's sport to advance to the NCAA Final Four.
The Mids made their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first appearance for Navy since 2013. The Midshipmen began their historic run, advancing to the NCAA Tournament after posting a 15-5 victory over top-seeded Loyola in the Patriot League Tournament. The win marked the team's fifth championship and ended the Greyhounds' 41-game winning streak against PL foes.
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Navy defeated No. 7 Penn, 11-10, at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Midshipmen advanced to the second round of the Tournament for just the second time in school history. The victory over the No. 7 Quakers was the first win against a ranked opponent in Navy history. In addition, it was the second NCAA Tournament win for Navy in program history. Navy posted a 23-11 victory over UMass in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the Mids to advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Mids defeated defending National Champions and No. 2 seed North Carolina, 16-14, to punch their ticket in to the first-ever Final Four appearance in school history.
As a team, Navy set the school record for points (545), goals (358), assists (187), shots attempted (805), shots on goal (607), ground balls (453), draw controls (364), caused turnovers (216), and games played (23). The Mids (18-5) finished one-win shy of tying the school records for wins in a season.
The 2017 Navy women's lacrosse team finished the year ranked fourth in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and sixth in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. The rankings mark the first time in program history that the Mids have been ranked in the top 10 in either poll. It is the highest national ranking for any women's team in school history.
Messinger graduated from North Carolina in 2016 and finished third all-time in program history with 230 points (149g, 81a). She was a three-time All-America selection and a two-time All-ACC honoree. Messinger helped lead the Tar Heels to two National Championship titles (2013, ’16), including being named the 2016 Most Outstanding Player.
Messinger has a strong background of coaching experience, serving as a coach for the Fever Lacrosse for two seasons. She has also worked as a camp counselor for North Carolina.
Messinger graduated from North Carolina in May 2016 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science with a concentration in sports administration.